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New York Times, Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Deg. earned by just one U.S. president

Author:
Gary Cee
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Gary Cee

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 17 for Mr. Cee. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jim Horne notes:

Mr. Cee has a similar theme published later outlining a football rather than baseball play.

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© 2013, The New York Times4/3/13 ( No. 23,157 )
Across
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Call from the flock : AMEN
5
Jack of "Dragnet" : WEBB
9
Not accidental : MEANT
14
Tamboura player's music : RAGA
15
Asia's Trans ___ Range : ALAI
16
One of a keyboard quartet : ARROW
17
Sign of bipolar disorder : MOODSWING
19
Minotaur's island : CRETE
20
Brzezinski of MSNBC : MIKA
21
When car headlights get turned on : DUSK
23
___ kwon do : TAE
24
Place for a rim shot : SNARE
26
Tune in a D.J.'s rotation : TOPTENHIT
28
___ Solo of "Star Wars" : HAN
29
Cabinet department until 1947 : WAR
31
Radio's "The Lone Ranger" and others : SERIALS
32
Put-in-Bay's lake : ERIE
34
Listing in a table alphabétique : NOM
36
Badminton call : LET
37
1981 Burt Reynolds movie, with "The" : CANNONBALLRUN
42
One of the DiMaggios : DOM
43
Part of many a dish's name : ALA
44
Key opening? : OSAY
46
Place for weapons : ARSENAL
50
Poet's planet : ORB
52
Time to revel : EVE
53
Electoral college blowout : LANDSLIDE
55
El Misti's range : ANDES
57
General on Chinese menus : TSO
58
Leering sort : EYER
59
Stick-to-it-iveness : GRIT
60
Nut with a cupule : ACORN
62
Start of a Lincoln address : FOURSCORE
66
Ground crew gear : RAKES
67
Not fooled by : ONTO
68
Double-decker checker : KING
69
Lowlife : SLIME
70
Need a bath badly : REEK
71
Like bachelor parties : STAG
Down
1
Mechanical "bandit" feature : ARM
2
Little Red Book author : MAO
3
Prima donna's problem : EGOMANIA
4
Rock bottom : NADIR
5
Tot's glassful : WAWA
6
"The Book of ___" (2010 film) : ELI
7
Monopoly railroad : BANDO
8
Kudos, in street slang : BIGUPS
9
Holy fish? : MACKEREL
10
Mess up : ERR
11
Queen of Soul, familiarly : ARETHA
12
Manx cat trait : NOTAIL
13
140-characters-or-fewer messages : TWEETS
18
Slant : SKEW
22
First-rate : STELLAR
24
___-wolf : SHE
25
Undercover cop, perhaps : NARC
26
Suffix with Jumbo or beta : TRON
27
Dynamite component, briefly : NITRO
30
Deviation from the norm : ANOMALY
33
Put the kibosh on : ENDED
35
Deg. earned by just one U.S. president : MBA
38
Gobbledygook : NONSENSE
39
Bath gel ingredient : ALOE
40
No longer bothered by something : USEDTOIT
41
Cathedral area : NAVE
45
"Right you are!" : YES
46
Places for priests : ALTARS
47
Alfalfa or Buckwheat : RASCAL
48
"Jersey Shore" nickname : SNOOKI
49
Help by confirming an alibi, say : LIEFOR
51
Places for shots : BARS
54
Predator ___ : DRONE
56
Shaving mishaps : NICKS
59
Totally get, in slang : GROK
61
Michael Stipe's band : REM
63
Beehive State tribesman : UTE
64
Genetic inits. : RNA
65
Deviled ___ : EGG

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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